Spring 2010 - Property & Governance
Cohen, Jane M
Course ID: 279M Unique # 28685 Credit Hours: 2
3:30 pm - 5:20 pm
This course is restricted to first year students only.
This course will explore some of the controversies over governance that current hot-button land-use decision-making involves. Should solar roof owners beat out neighbors using properties in competing ways? Should local governments grant tax incentives to deluxe non-local retailers to create a vibrant economic mix, or should they maintain a level playing field to help locally-owned businesses to thrive? How should scarce or over-burdened water resources be protected and from whom? Should governments "take" privately-owned land for re- development if other private interests benefit from the taking? How should local governments deal with neighborhood deterioration due to bankruptcy- related abandonments? How can tragic outcomes like disaster- mismanagement be avoided or, as a first-rung issue, be understood? Examining the governance choices that issues such as these implicate requires that we use the analytic training that legal studies provide in places that we will-- as citizens and as lawyers, judges, entrepreneurs, or politicians--be using those skills ongoingly: at ground-level, where law and politics converge. That is where these kinds of governance decisions get made.
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The materials for this course will be eclectic and will include case law, case studies, popular accounts, scholarly commentary, film, and guest-participants who have been involved in studying our topics as experts or as decision-makers themselves.
This is a writing course. It will require three short papers. At least one of them will be based on the materials you will read for the course. At least one will be a closed research paper, for which the research materials will be provided. There will not be a requirement that includes open research. And there will not be an exam.
This course will meet conjointly with the upper-level seminar of the same name, but it will be graded as a separate course. There are no prerequisites. Even students taking Property in the Spring may, if they are interested, take this course.